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Monday, April 28 2014

‘Big Bad Wolves’ Is Designed to Scare the Parents, Instead of the Children

Unpredictable, twisted, and energetic, Big Bad Wolves is a unique, writhing beast that constantly subverts your expectations.


‘Earth Flight’ Brings You Right Into the Flock

Although this isn’t the best that BBC Earth series has produced, nevertheless, it’s solid and engaging.


Friday, April 25 2014

‘Persona’ Doesn’t Need to Be Understood to Be Loved

Ingmar Bergman’s film is profoundly mysterious, and the more we try to comprehend it, the farther away we move from its magic.


Thursday, April 24 2014

‘Sensation: The Story of the Who’s Tommy’ Lives Up to Its Name

What more is there to say about the rock opera, Tommy? Quite a lot.


‘The Great Beauty’ Is a Magnificent, Sensory-Rich Visual Poem that Pulsates with Life

Rome has mastered a balletic balance in chaotic dichotomy, where ruin and exultation beg for a kind of seduction that only film can provide.


Wednesday, April 23 2014

‘Bayou Blue’ Takes an Unflinching Look at Death in the Dark

These men are painted as those that easily disappear, and when they do disappear, it takes nearly ten years to bring their killer to justice.


‘To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter’ Has Insufficient Postage

Collaborators and admirers provide an enlightening, but at times opaquely idiosyncratic assessment of the maverick French filmmaker.


Tuesday, April 22 2014

Divine Was a Master in the Fun of Making Fun

Divine was large and loud, an actor who challenged expectations, even among drag queens.


‘At Middleton’ Is a Delightful, European-Style Romance

Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia are enchanting in a film made exclusively for the pleasure of hearing them talk.


Monday, April 21 2014

Which Is More Interesting in ‘A Brief History of Time’, His Ideas or Stephen Hawking Himself?

Errol Morris delivers an impressionistic take on a remarkable life that is perhaps more wondrous than it has any right to be.


Mean Streets Meet Clean Streets: ‘Bill Elliott Detective Mysteries’

Despite tough breaks, happy endings prevail thanks to the intelligence and professionalism of law enforcement.


Friday, April 18 2014

Jan Svankmajer’s ‘Alice’ Is the Perfect Marriage of Content and Style

Even when darker in subject matter, Jan Svankmajer's films all retain an element of joyousness and childlike wonder.


Thursday, April 17 2014

‘King of the Hill’ Is a Touching, Sweet Story and Quite Unlike Later Soderbergh Films

This is a fascinating glimpse into an exploratory, identity-forming period before even Soderbergh himself seemed to have a handle on his erratic muse.


It’s Not Easy, ‘Being Ginger’

Kermit the Frog may have said it’s not easy being green, but this entertaining documentary shows that it’s sure not easy being a ginger, either.


Wednesday, April 16 2014

Boundaries Are All Fictions in Godard’s “Breathless”

Even now, after countless reviews and essays, it's easy to be captivated by the way Godard obfuscates our expectations for cinematic art.


Women with Rare Intellectual Authority Form ‘The Bletchley Circle’

The resourcefulness and fearlessness of these women is a highlight in a series so well-written and well-acted.


Tuesday, April 15 2014

‘The Making of a Lady’ Is a Fine Portrait of Mystery and Misdirection

There is only one place to find the social acuity of Jane Austen and the inquisitive intrigue of Alfred Hitchcock, and that is in a Frances Hodgson Burnett story.


Monday, April 14 2014

A Hands-Off Approach Goes a Long Way in ‘Philomena’

The direction is solid but not overbearing, the score subtle and light, the entire affair very nicely cushioned around Coogan and Dench's performances, and the film is all the more effective because of it.


Friday, April 11 2014

Before ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Begins, Flicker Alley Is Delivering the Goods

The greatness of Flicker Alley’s 2014 Blu-ray release of the 1923 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame is evident even before the disc is slid into the player.


Thursday, April 10 2014

A General, a Princess and Two Greedy, Dim-Witted Peasants

The Hidden Fortress is more "accessible" and "entertaining" than Rashômon, but Kurosawa's artistry is ever present.


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